Historic Gold-Mining Site Needs Saving. . . !
These ruins lie hidden, deteriorating, under a blackberry thicket. Their stories will be lost forever if we don't act.Otago
1km up the Arrow River from Arrowtown, Central Otago, well hidden under blackberry thicket, lie the remains of a small settlement of 5-6 stone huts, from around 1900. I suspected there was an old hut in there and found it, 10 years ago. That hut is one hut from a small settlement called Copper's Terrace, easily viewed by all who pass by on the walking track and road to Macetown. It's important that we save it and perhaps reconstruct it to a similar high standard as that of the Chinese Village nearby, one creating a point of reference with the other, the story more complete. How amazing that would be, right?
Based on archival photos and local intel, the settlement was well established, with garden walls and an impressive entranceway, occupied by gold-mining families during the Arrow Goldrush. I know that unless I do something, this settlement and it’s stories will be forever lost. Local Heritage groups have neither the time nor the resources to save it, but I’m hoping if you generous kiwis out there give me a hand, together we can make it happen.
I already have the support of Heritage groups, DoC and locals, and an Archaeological Authority to do the work. All I need is the funds to clear the vegetation to see what else is there. Then, with help from volunteers, we should be able to make a start before winter to clear the site.
Your support gratefully received. This is a not-for-profit, community-based venture.
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This page was created on 23 Nov 2019 and closes on 23 Feb 2020.